Literie Candle’s Debut Collection is a Love Letter to New York City

updated Mar 21, 2021
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Inspired by the distinct smells of New York and the mass exodus from the city at the beginning of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a new candle company has been born. Literie, the brainchild of native New Yorker Erica Werber, will launch on March 22 with a debut collection of eight distinctly New York scents, capturing the iconic fragrances of one of the nation’s most diverse cities. With its niche names, too, it wouldn’t be difficult to picture these fragrances in the apartments of fictional New York natives Monica Geller or Carrie Bradshaw

Available for $35 each, Literie’s candles are concocted from a soy and coconut wax blend and paired with high-quality fragrance oils. The debut New York collection includes Afternoon in Central Park (grass and bergamot), 28th Street Flower Market (peony and rose), Bodega Coffee (espresso and cream), Hot Roasted Nut Cart (burnt sugar), I Have a House in The Hamptons (rosé and melon), Soft Serve From the Corner Truck (vanilla and sugar), The Christmas Tree Guy (evergreen and cloves), and The Fresh Pressed Juice Shop (citrus and lemongrass). 

Credit: Literie
Credit: Literie

Werber describes Literie’s debut collection as a “love letter” to the city in a media release. “I was born in Midtown East. I met my husband in Little Italy and we were married in Battery Park. I birthed my children on the Upper East Side and we live on the Upper West Side. I even ran the New York City Marathon,” Werber said. “The idea for this came about as I passed by a hot roasted nut cart on my daily commute to work. I wanted to figure out a way to bottle the familiar scent which led me to think about all of the other amazing smells of this city.”

Additionally, Literie will expand and also launch a Los Angeles and Miami collection in the future. (Fragrances of the congested 101 Highway and fresh resort palms, anyone?) For now, if you’d like to bring the scents of Central Park and roasted nut carts into your home, wherever you are, Literie has got you covered.